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The tragedy of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer has spurred a renewed conversation about who we are as a country. In the legal sphere, we are seeing members of the community come together and look inward, asking what they can do to better confront racism and inequality. At ALM, our reporters and editors have interviewed diverse law firm leaders, general counsel and law deans, as well as allies, about where the blindspots are and where we go from here. A collection of some of that coverage, along with photography from the protests and spot news, is below.

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Gregory G. Schwab, left, general counsel of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Denise J. Smyler, right, the former general counsel of Pennsylvania. Courtesy photos

It’s been six years since Pennsylvania’s Office of General Counsel instituted a competitive procurement process for legal work that takes measures to ensure small and diverse law firms have a chance at winning contracts. In that time, one of the most often repeated criticisms by lawyers involved in the program is that too few people know about it.

Under the program, the number of diverse law firms doing work for the commonwealth has ballooned, and the state has saved significant legal spend by making the bidding process competitive.

Max Mitchell

Max Mitchell is ALM's Pennsylvania Bureau Chief overseeing The Legal Intelligencer, Delaware Law Weekly and Delaware Business Court Insider. Follow him on Twitter @MMitchellTLI. His email is [email protected]

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